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CHINA PLEDGES NOT TO SELL NUCLEAR REACTOR TO IRAN

ISRAEL LINE
MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 1997

  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Sunday with Chinese Deputy
Minister Ly Lan Chin during a stopover at Beijing's airport on his way to
Japan, HA'ARETZ reported.  Netanyahu said, after the meeting, that China has
pledged to terminate plans to sell a nuclear reactor to Iran.
  "Israel welcomed this announcement and views it as a very important
message.  I hope it will serve as a guiding light to other countries in
their contact with Iran," the Prime Minister said.
  YEDIOT AHARONOT reported that Israel sent a message to Moscow via the
Russian ambassador to Israel saying that Russian support of the Iranian
military buildup is endangering Israel.  Cabinet members considered freezing
cooperation with Russia in several areas including the importation of
natural gas during a meeting on Friday.
  The newspaper also reported that Russian scientists are currently
assisting Iran in the development of an advanced missile system capable of
delivering chemical, biological and nuclear war-heads.  American officials
expressed displeasure at Russian assistance to Iran.  Russia has repeatedly
ignored the United States' requests to terminate this aid.






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